Reston at Fifty: Walkable, Sociable and Expensive

Nov 24, 2015
Sandy Hausman

Yesterday, we shared with you the story of Tysons Corner – a fast-growing suburb in Northern Virginia, grappling with traffic, noise and sidewalks that don’t always connect.  Ironically, it’s evolving next to one of the nation’s first planned communities – a place designed to avoid those very problems and to offer instant community.  Reston is the subject of a new documentary which had its debut at the Virginia Film Festival.  Sandy Hausman reports on why Reston was once a revolutionary place, and why it’s now a model for other suburbs.  At rush hour, most suburbs in Northern Virginia sound

Blaze A Trail

Nov 24, 2015

Have you ever dreamed of blazing your own trail?  Then the New River Valley Trail Crew is looking for you.  They’re a collection of volunteers who help build and maintain area hiking trails from small, local paths to the great Appalachian Trail, which runs through the region.

Finding Remedies for Suburban Sprawl

Nov 24, 2015

Tysons Corner is a model for what urban planners call an Edge City – located outside Washington, D.C., it’s the commercial center for Fairfax County, with two major shopping malls and countless corporate headquarters.  This year, the Metro arrived there, sparking new residential development and the prospect of much more pedestrian traffic – people walking to and from the train.  That prompted a team from the University of Virginia to launch a walking study of the place – hoping to document just how hard it is to get around Tysons on foot or bicycle, and to explore possible solutions.  Sandy

Richmond Residents May Lose Homes Before the Holidays

Nov 24, 2015

While the nation prepares for holiday celebrations at home, hundreds of families in Virginia fear they may be losing their homes because local inspectors say they’re not safe.  Sandy Hausman reports that the city of Richmond has begun inspecting trailer parks – ordering residents to make repairs or move out.

The “Black Lives Matter” movement has brought new light to the problem of racism in this country, and now that movement has a new tool - an animated map that shows membership in the Ku Klux Klan was far more widespread than historians suggested.